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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Today the Stranger Suggests

posted by on February 28 at 11:00 AM

Cleo from 5 to 7

(Film) This improbably awesome film about a self-absorbed singer waiting to hear whether she has cancer is by Agnès Varda (The Gleaners and I)—the only female filmmaker and feminist to be associated with the French New Wave. The purpose of this Northwest Film Forum screening, however, is to consider the Michel Legrand score; the 9:00 p.m. screening of Cleo is paired with a 7:00 p.m. screening of the candy-colored musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, by Varda’s husband Jacques Demy. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 267-5380. 9 pm, $5—$8.50.) ANNIE WAGNER

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Umbrellas of Cherbourg! What an amazing thrill that is! The prettiest film ever made! And the music! I recently watched the companion piece Young Girls of Rochefort and was blown away by that as well. Beyonce can suck it, I'll take Catherine Deneuve any day and twice on Sundays.

Posted by Fnarf | February 28, 2007 11:40 AM

Yeah, I'm actually seeing Umbrellas tonight, since I've never ever seen it on film.

For hilarity, see Bosley Crowther's contemporary review in the New York Times.

Posted by annie | February 28, 2007 11:48 AM

Boswell was a card. Wrong about Legrand.

Posted by Fnarf | February 28, 2007 12:17 PM

Re: Bosley's review.

How is the ending the corniest possible? I can think of a much more pat ending, one that any Hollywood studio would have forced on that film.

Posted by keshmeshi | February 28, 2007 1:40 PM

varda matured alot over the years. check out "the gleaners" from...2000 or so. so much better than "cleo" IMO.

Posted by ellarosa | February 28, 2007 10:47 PM

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